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Your Hit Parade: 1955 New Years Eve episode (Classic TV, Pop Music)

Published 1955

Another episode of the long-running United States television series "Your Hit Parade". This 1950's series featured singers performing covers of the hits of the week. Aired 31st December 1955. The series had excellent production values but some amazingly poor commercials. Regardless, this episode features the cast covering songs like "Autumn Leaves", "Love and Marriage" and "Moments to Remember".

Run time 29 minutes 36 seconds
Audio/Visual sound, Black and White


Reviewer: rodneyhackenflash - - March 5, 2010
Subject: the dance Choreographer is Great! Great show!
Dorothy Collins really was wonderful in her version of HE!!What a song! She, I am sure ,is up there NOW! Was that Morticia Adams with the long black hair dancing? Who is She? Up until a few days ago I never heard of any of these people!
Reviewer: The_Emperor_Of_Television - - November 19, 2009
Subject: I, Uh, Understand I should, Uh, Stop Reviewing My Own, Uh Items
Notes on show content:
Singers: Dorothy Collins, Snooky Lanson, Russell Arms, Gisele MacKenzie.
Songs are: "Memories are Made of This" (sketch gives us some idea as to how the show itself was made), "White Christmas" (a song that still re-charts in December to this day), "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" (an "extra", a song played for nostalgia and to get the show upto its 30 minute broadcast length), "Autumn Leaves" (sung in french, "Les feuilles mortes"), "Love and Marriage" (this song is accompanied with an extremely silly visual sketch. I do warn, it may be hard to watch), "He", "Moments to Remember", "Rise and Shine", and "Sixteen Tons".

I presume Autumn leaves was sung in french to add variety. If a song stayed on the popular charts for a long time, the people involved would come up with some pretty strange ways to present the song. The song was first written in French so it wasn't a big stretch.
According to Wikipedia, The song had been written in the 1940's and re-charted on several occasions.
Snooky Lanson again tries to sing "Sixteen Tons". This cover works better than the episode from the 24th of December 1955 (episode also uploaded), though it is still inferior and ill-advised.

On a side note, some may feel the song performances are very short. I have confirmed that a lot of songs were shorter than the average song of today. In addition, the vocal-based nature of the show meant that the instrumental/orchestral break would be dropped for the show (which can actually be a bad thing if the original hit had a memorable horn or piano solo).

As usual, the show has excellent production values, first rate singers and excellent set design, concepts and done amazingly well for a live music show never intended for repeats. However, also as usual, the commercials are, for the most part, painfully bad, though on a purely technical level, they are well-produced and glossy.